Drinking Water: Extreme Weather Events Threaten Quality, Says Report

The greatest risks to water quality come from cumulative impacts of extreme weather events that happen sequentially, like a drought followed by a wildfire followed by a flood, says joint Australian-US study. As climate change likely increases the frequency of extreme weather events, resilience must be built into the management of watersheds and water treatment systems for recovery to happen. [Sunday Morning Herald]

Report: Society's Water Safety Net Is Fraying

A new National Research Council report examines possible "tipping points" that might occur if the rate of groundwater pumping rapidly increases. As surface water-scarce regions get drier amidst climate change, early warning water and drought monitoring systems could be necessary to protect precious resources. [Circle of Blue]

China's Middle Class Turns to Organics After Food Safety Scares

Deadly food safety incidents in China have led middle class Chinese consumers to seek organic and imported foods. Already rife with air and water pollution due to lax regulation, China has international notoriety for horrendous food safety failures that have sickened and killed people in China and elsewhere. Not all consumers can afford or find safer food, however, making regulation overhaul critical. [Guardian]

Responsible Antibiotics Use Standard Introduced for Chicken in School Lunches

School kids across the US could see antibiotic-free chicken on their lunch menus this fall once the new USDA verified Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use standards hit the market. Designed to certify producers who only use antibiotics under veterinarian supervision for disease control, and never to promote growth, the standards will help to curb antibiotic overuse in industrial poultry farming. [FoodSafetyNews]

Food Companies are Unprepared for Global Water Scarcity, Says New Report

Major food companies scored shockingly low on water conservation and management practices in a new report. Out of 37 big companies evaluated, 31 scored below 50 on a scale of 100 - including global meat producer Smithfield, which scored a 22. You can't have food without water, but apparently anticipated rising water costs don't phase food companies, which will be hit the hardest.

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